BACKGROUND

Hope Begins With A Meal (HBWAM) is a ministry that was started in partnership with Union Gospel Mission in 2017 to provide Thanksgiving meals to people in need in the greater Twin Cities area. It continues today through a Woodcrest-specific registration program for individuals and families in the communities immediately around Woodcrest.

Recipients in past years have benefitted greatly from your generosity; this year is no exception. We need your time and your resources. We hope that you’ll read the rest of this and be generous with both! Links for donating and volunteering are near the bottom of the page. 

GOAL

Our goal is the same as it was last year - to collect donations sufficient for 500 Thanksgiving food bags. Each bag contains enough food to provide a Thanksgiving meal for approximately five persons. 

DATES

Key dates for the HBWAM Thanksgiving campaign are:

  • Kickoff on Sunday, September 25
  • End of campaign – Sunday, November 6
  • Super Saturday - November 12
    • Packup beginning at 9:00 am
    • Pickup from 1:00 to 3:00 pm 

 HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

  • DONATE GENEROUSLY!
    • Money: Most of the food used in this campaign will be procured with monetary donations made by YOU! You can donate:
      • DONATE ONLINE HERE
      • Donate by cash or check (put “for HBWAM” on the memo line or envelope)
        • At HBWAM Project Central in the foyer
        • In Offering Kiosk
        • Mail to Woodcrest Church
        • Collect LOOSE CHANGE: Save that loose change for a donation to the HBWAM campaign! LOOSE CHANGE jars are available at the CONNECT CENTER in the church lobby. Pick yours up, take it home, and begin collecting!
      • Food items
        • Donations of food will be accepted for one week only – from Sunday, September 25 through Sunday, October 2.
      • VOLUNTEER FOR SUPER SATURDAY!!

To volunteer, SIGN UP ONLINE HERE (this is not where you register to receive bags of food; see that link below) or at HBWAM Project Central in the church foyer.

  • Participate in Packup. The Packup event is when food items are packed into bags to make up the Thanksgiving meals. There are lots of jobs – providing support behind the assembly line and moving bags along on the front of the assembly line. It’s a great opportunity to CONNECT and SERVE!
  • Participate in Pickup. The Pickup event is when Woodcrest registrants come to the church to pick up their requested bags of food. Pickup will be an opportunity to connect and fellowship with visitors, perhaps to share the good news of Jesus with some, all while blessing them with food for a Thanksgiving meal.

REGISTRATION FOR FOOD BAGS

Registration to receive food bags will open on Monday, September 26. Registration will close on Monday, November 7 at the latest (earlier if our maximum registration number is met). If you know someone who would be helped by receipt of a free Thanksgiving meal, encourage them to register, or register them yourself!

REGISTER HERE FOR FOOD BAGS